Mon July 13, 2015

Louisiana school administrators meet in Alexandria to cultivate farm-to-school programs

Gray-Walk Farms specializes in growing leafy greens -- mustard, collard, kale, Swiss chard, romaine and butter lettuce -- at its hydroponic greenhouse operation in Alexandria.
Credit Gray-Walk Farms Facebook

Louisiana school administrators from across the state will meet in Alexandria Tuesday, July 14, to learn how they can incorporate more locally grown food in their school cafeterias.

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Tue June 23, 2015

Yoga enthusiasts unite at Alexandria's City Park

B. Hedrick leads a yoga practice at City Park in Alexandria as part of International Yoga Day.
Credit Alexandria Town Talk

Dozens of yoga enthusiasts practiced in solidarity Sunday in Alexandria as part of International Yoga Day.

Yoga mats were unrolled in Alexandria’s City Park. Birds chirped in the backdrop of this 90-minute event that included poses and meditation.

Yoga instructor B. Hedrick was one of several people who led the practice. Hedrick teaches yoga to veterans through the Alexandria VA Medical Center. Even people with limited mobility can gain positive health effects from a yoga practice that helps to counter the body’s response to stress, according to Hedrick.

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Wed February 18, 2015

Foodapalooza local foods summit set for Alexandria

Central Louisiana’s regional food summit, Foodapalooza, is set Friday, Feb. 27, and organizers expect it to attract about 200 people.

The day-long event in Alexandria will feature seminars, such as planting a profitable garden for farmer’s markets, an introduction to worm casting, and developing food hubs. John Cotton Dean, regional food systems planner for the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, anticipates the third annual event will be the largest one yet.

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Fri December 5, 2014

Novelist to give historical context to 'The Cottoncrest Curse' in Alexandria

Author Mike Rubin’s new legal thriller is a suspense-filled journey through Louisiana history. “The Cottoncrest Curse,” set on a plantation in Acadiana, is a historical roadmap from the Civil War to present day. The book is published by LSU Press and Rubin says it was inspired by his Alexandria roots.

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Mon August 25, 2014

USDA to host its Rural Connections event in Alexandria

Credit U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The USDA is hosting a training seminar Tuesday in Alexandria that aims to help small businesses land contracts with the federal government.

The Rural Small Business Connections training event is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, according to director Carmen Jones.

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